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Photo leads to arrest of stolen car suspect

Photo leads to arrest of stolen car suspect

On August 7, 2013, Portland Police Officers arrested 22-year-old Lucas Dean Weisensee on several charges in connection with the trafficking of a stolen car.

Weisensee was arrested without incident at his residence in the 2400 block of Northeast 28th Avenue.

Anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Oregon led to the identification of Weisensee after photos were released to the public in July 2013 asking for help in the case.

The investigation began in October 2012 when North Precinct officers took the report of a stolen 2005 Scion from a victim residing in the 2000 block of Northeast 27th Avenue. The vehicle, which was locked and parked on the street, was stolen between the hours of 9:00 p.m. on October 9 and 10:00 a.m. on October 10.

East Precinct officers later took a report from two Vancouver, Washington residents who purchased the stolen Scion from a man in the afternoon of October 10, the same day the car was reported stolen. The purchasers responded to an ad on Craigslist and met the suspect at the Jantzen Beach Shopping Center to complete the transaction.

The purchasers gave the suspect $5,800 cash and received the key and a title to the vehicle. When the purchasers tried to register the vehicle, they learned that the title was fraudulent and the car was actually stolen.

The purchasers took a photo of the suspect at the time of the sale which ultimately led to his identification.

The suspect, Lucas Weisensee, was charged with eight felony charges of Computer Crime, Forgery in the First Degree, Identity Theft, Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Theft in the First Degree, Trafficking of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Weisensee was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Thursday August 8, 2013.

 

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